Sunday, November 15, 2015

Intelligence News

National Cryptologic School. Where does the National Security Agency (NSA) get its trained cryptologists? They recruit and then train them. Learn more in "The NSA school: How the intelligence community gets smarter, secretly", The Washington Post, November 9, 2015.

"Red wine with fish - well that should've told me something". Learn the secret ways of how spies enjoy their beverages in "Bond on Drinking", Molotov Cocktail - War on the Rocks, November 13, 2015.

Drones and Terrorists. The United States launched an airstrike last week that may have killed an ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John". The U.S. has relied heavily on using remotely piloted aircraft or drones to target terrorists over the past decade and more. Read a history of the more significant drone strikes in "Terror Suspects are Frequent Targets of U.S. Drones", NBC News, November 14, 2015.

Spying Among Friends? In the spring of 2014 a colleague of mine and I were in the office of a German general in Mazar-e-Sharif having a discussion about training up the ANA of 201st Corps. At the conclusion of the meeting, just after making a reference to recent revelations that the NSA was spying on German leaders to include Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German said that he wished to continue our meetings in the future. We left the meeting with that 'chilly message'. Now it appears that the U.S. is not the only nation collecting on their allies. Read more in "Spying on Friends: Germany's BND Scandal Puts Snowden Leaks in Context", World Politics Review, November 11, 2015.

Honey Traps and Norwegians. "Norwegian police are warning that an increasing number of Norwegian politicians and businessmen have been the targets of Russian intelligence "honey traps" involving sex and alcohol . . .: (Business Insider, Nov 12, 2015).

CIA Bank Mystery - Nugan Hand. The co-founder of a mysterious bank with ties to drugs, thugs, and Langley was recently discovered in Idaho - decades after he disappeared. The former Green Beret and CIA operative, now with a new identity, claims he has done nothing wrong. Read more in "The Ghosts of Nugan Hand: A New Chapter in a Long-Running CIA Bank Mystery", Newsweek, November 12, 2015.

CTF - Intel on Taliban Financing. Estimates of the annual budget of the Taliban range from $500 million to $2 billion per year. Much of this money comes from the drug trade. One writer, Joseph V. Micallef, says to shut down the Taliban we should 'follow the money'. Read more in "How the Taliban Gets Its Cash", The World Post, November 14, 2015.

Socio-Cultural Intelligence. Robert R. Tornes, an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University, has wrote a 16-page paper entitled "Socio-Cultural Intelligence and National Security", Parameters, Summer 2015, pages 61-76, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army.

ICC Reports Use of Torture by ISAF. The International Criminal Court (ICC) stated that there is evidence to indicate that NATO-led international security forces in Afghanistan tortured prisoners. (, Nov 13, 2015).

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